Uzair’s Broken Board

It’s hard to think about breaking boards when the ocean is so flat like it is today (assuming you are reading on the day this posts).  But just one week ago the whole of southern California was firing and we were loving it.  But as we reported last week, we loved it at a price. When my leash broke, I was bummed because I stilled had the energy for a few more waves if I had a leash, but I did not the energy to repeatedly chase down my board when I ate it.  However, I did think, “Oh man, I’m going to have the best story today!” But then I get out of the water with CW and his mangled foot is bleeding into the sand. And then Uzair calls from a few miles north with tales of his broken onion board.  Double trumped!



  1. Miguel on 31 October 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Bummer!!! Ouch.. That’s a James See board.

    I’ve decided to have James (Onionhead) shape my next board thatI’ll probally order during the holidays. Seeing this photo dosen’t change my decision.

    I’d like to support the Little Guy and local economy in my home town of San Pedro, the same goes with the local surfshops in El Segundo where I now live and currenlty purchase wax, tee shirts, stickers, gifts for the kids & family not to mention 2-leashes last month (I feel u Jeff).

    When we have a bad day or wipe out it’s always best to get back into the water. Kanda hard to do when your board is busted in two though.

    Praying for Surf & a New Onionhead Board

    • Jeff on 31 October 2009 at 4:31 pm

      Always support the local surf industry. Well done, Miguel. Sorry to hear about your leashes as well, but the surf sure was worth it.

      What kind of board are you planning on having made?

  2. Miguel on 31 October 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Jeff.. I’m looking for a board that will help me transition to my 7’9″ Gun for larger waves a little easier.

    At the moment I’m real confortable with my 8′ X 22″ X 2.75 Kahanamoku Egg and 6’7″ Nuuhiwa Fish.

    The Gun I’m finding out is a little “Squirrely” at the moment so I’m thinking of having James shape me a board that resembles a 7’6″ X 21 1/2″ X 2 3/4″ Rusty-Desert Island Swallowtail for the new year.

    In the meantime, I’ll just take my lumps while I’m adjusting the the new Mako Class Gun I picked up earlier this year. The diminsions of the Gun are 7’9″ X 19 1/2 X 2.5

    Yea.. I had a leash snap on me at the Jetty on one of the Big Days last month when the surf was breaking about 6-8′. That was an awesome day! I had the ride of my life taking a nice overhead right about 150 yards from outside the Jetty to the middle of the Powerplant on my Kahanamoku Egg.

    Soon after that when we had that one Saturday of 6′ Mushy/Choppy WNW Windswell. I was on the fish that day and I’d be dammed if my leash didn’t go from 7′ to 9′ after “laying an egg” when I got caught inside. That’s Surfing!!

    • Jeff on 2 November 2009 at 9:11 am

      I know what you mean about dropping in size and getting squirrely. I used to have three boards – a 9′, and 8’6″ and a 6’8″. Every time I dropped down to the 6’8″ I was a spaz. It would take a week of surfing it every day to get it under control. (And the waves never held out that long.) I’ve since purchaced my beloved Revlover and Electric (at 7’4″ and 7’2″ respectively) to smooth out the transition. That really helped to cut down my floundering period. (And they turned out to be two of the coolest boards I’ve ever ridden.)

      Looking forward to hearing about your adventures on the new board when you finally order it and get it.

  3. peter on 2 November 2009 at 5:49 pm

    that’d make a rad coffee table, well, two rad coffee tables, and you can sit around it with the homies recounting tales the fabled “triple-overhead” swell that you fearlessly paddled into when everyone else was safe on the beach.

    • Jeff on 3 November 2009 at 7:37 am

      That is a great idea. Or maybe end tables to a couch. And when Uzair recounts his tale he can wear a smoking jacket and smoke a pipe while standing by the fireplace. “It was snowing that morning, a blizzard like LA hadn’t seen in a century. We had to battled dragons on the paddle out…”

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